Just ahead of the biggest game in the football program’s history, Baylor has lost one of the men in the trenches who make its high-powered offense possible. And, perhaps, beyond this weekend as well.
A BU official confirmed to David Smoak of ESPN Radio in Central Texas that starting left tackle Spencer Drango will undergo back surgery today. The official company line is that the sophomore has been ruled out for the Oklahoma State game in Stillwater Saturday, although, given the area on which the surgery will be performed, the fear is that he won’t play again this season.
Drango has been dealing with the back issue — specifically a ruptured disk — since last month.
Named to several Freshman All-American teams last season, Drango has started 22 consecutive games for the Bears. Fellow sophomore Pat Colbert is listed as Drango’s backup, although it’s possible starting right tackle Kelvin Palmer could flip over to the left side given his experience.
Drango would be the second key piece of Baylor’s offensive lost to a (regular-)season-ending injury this month, joining wide receiver Tevin Reese. At the time of the injury (dislocated wrist) he suffered in the win over Oklahoma, Reese was the Bears’ second-leading receiver.
Additionally, Lache Seastrunk, BU’s leading rusher, missed the win over Texas Tech this past weekend with a groin injury.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.